Sunday, February 22, 2009

Lied To Again - Iranian Uranium Edition

Liberally excerpted from Juan Cole's Informed Comment: IAEA Inspectors: Iran not Producing Weapons-grade Uranium and a follow up comment at another posting.

(For a complete trip down the "Orwellian memory hole", watch Norman Solomon's War Made Easy: How Presidents and pundits keep spinning us to death. Narrated by Sean Penn.
Torrents are probably available [Here]

Also see: How To Sell a War, A writeup on the Rendon Group, the folks who brought you the Firdoz Square, Iraq "Saddam Statue 'Teardown'", for more on how the media has a hold on your 'Believe Button', versus what is real and truthful.
Sunday, February 22, 2009

IAEA Inspectors: Iran not Producing Weapons-grade Uranium

As I mentioned yesterday, Iran is not producing weapon-grade uranium, and could not easily do so without detection. The Hindu, which despite its name is left of center (and which is one of India's finest newspapers) writes:
' Iran has not converted the low-grade uranium that it has produced into weapon-grade uranium, inspectors belonging to the International Atomic Energy Agency have said.

The Austrian Press Agency quoted an IAEA expert as saying that the uranium substances that Iran has produced at its Natanz enrichment facility have been carefully recorded and remote cameras have been installed to supervise part of the stockpile.

“If the Iranians intend to transport these uranium substances to a secret location for further processing, agency’s inspectors will find out,” he said.

The expert added that “so far, Iran has carried out good cooperation with us in relevant verifications”.

IAEA head Mohamed ElBaradei has said that Iran has slowed down its uranium enrichment programme.'

US newspapers are complaining that they are losing money and may not survive. After they put all sorts of falsehoods about Iraq on their front pages, it may be that they fatally wounded their credibility with the US public. In any case, the above report does not show up anywhere on the web or in Lexis that I can find, except here in The Hindu, which tells me that someone is not doing their job.

(See also Dr. Jeffrey Lewis).

So... HOW IS the Western media 'reporting' on this?
(and I AM using the term 'reporting' rather loosely here...)

Anonymous said...

I don’t think it is entirely correct to say that there has been no press response to the IAEC report. Consider the following headlines:

Iran holds enough uranium for bomb
Financial Times 19 Feb 09

Iran has enriched enough uranium to make bomb, IAEA says
Guardian 19 Feb 09

Iran Has More Enriched Uranium Than Thought
NYT 19 Feb 09

(A Buffalo favorite... RFE/RL makes it sound like a 'sport')
"New IAEA Report Shows Iran Nearing Nuclear Breakout Capability
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty 20 Feb 09

Clearly there is a difference in slant between the Hindu article and those listed above.

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